Ex-deputy mayor Royds passes


Former Queenstown deputy mayor John Royds died suddenly in Inver­cargill’s Southland Hospital last Saturday, aged 81. 

Queenstown-raised, he later lived in South Canterbury but returned to the resort in 1973. 

A long-time local real estate agent, he also developed The Lodges apartments in Lake Esplanade. 

Royds was also a prominent local councillor, serving as works committee chairman as well as deputy mayor. 

In addition he was a distinguished Rotarian, serving as president of the Queenstown club in 1993-94, 50 years after his father had been a founding president. 

Four years ago he and his wife Sally were thrust back into the spotlight after police found the body of their son 
Stephen’s girlfriend preserved on dry ice in a Californian hotel room. Stephen served a two-year jail sentence in 
California for drug convictions before returning to Queenstown to live with his parents in 2010. 

The Royds’ elder son Tony still lives in America. 

According to John’s wishes, his ashes were scattered on the lakefront yesterday. 

A memorial service is likely to be held on March 3.